For my authoring/final project, I created an eBook using the app iBook Author on my laptop. The eBook is designed to be a guidebook or “crash course” in Adobe creative cloud, specifically targeted towards instructional designers. I found iBook Author very easy to use. The only task that wasn’t straightforward was embedding an HTML code (my Adobe Spark videos are links, or I could get embed codes). To keep the design simpler, I ended up just linking the videos instead, which I think worked fine. Otherwise, adding text, images, and media, and organizing the book into sections was quite straightforward.
This project maximizes the benefits of educational technology because it provides for both organization and context.
An eBook allows me to put the various kinds of instructional media (videos, PDFs, links, and images) into one place, and it also allows me to provide context for each of those pieces of instructional media. In other words – if I had wanted to make a series of screencasts showing how to do common tasks with Adobe apps – I could have simply provided a series of links, or a folder with PDFs of screen capture documents. Or I could’ve created a blog post with a series of links.
But – by doing an eBook – not only am I able to provide context (written text/instructions) for each of the videos, screen capture images, etc., but I’m able to organize them. Readers can also search the book or just navigate directly to the section/chapter that interests them. Putting the learner in charge of how they interact with the material will help them to engage with and retain the content more effectively.
You can access the iBook as an ePub file through this Dropbox link.